Two former senior law enforcement figures appointed this month to lead this well-respected digital forensic services company, have pledged to further develop its forensic capabilities and strengthen the fight against digitally-enabled crime and cybercrime. The Office for National Statistics has recently highlighted that cybercrime and cyber enabled fraud have overtaken conventional crimes in volume terms and the threat is continuing to grow.
Keith Bristow QPM, former Director General of the National Crime Agency (NCA), has been appointed non-executive Chairman of CCL, with Andy Archibald, the first Head of the UK National Cyber Crime Unit, joining as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
CCL is a specialist digital forensic provider, that partners with police forces and government departments and supports private companies, including leading legal firms. They are able to forensically extract digital evidence, from even the hardest to access devices, providing: e-disclosure and IT expert witness services and specialising in cyber consultancy and digital analyst tools.
Keith’s law enforcement experience at both a national and international level is unsurpassed. He established the National Crime Agency, which quickly developed an international reputation for working with global public and private partners to fight serious and organised crime affecting the UK, including cyber threats.
“The need to forensically extract digital evidence to support criminal investigations and the threats from cybercrime have never been greater. Strong partnerships between public and private sector organisations are essential and I am delighted to be joining a company that has been protecting people and organisations from criminal and corporate harm since 2001” Keith comments.
Andy Archibald led the Home Office team responsible for delivering a National Cyber Crime capability for the UK and headed up the National Cyber Crime Unit, which still leads the UK response to cybercrime. Like CCL, the unit works closely with police Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs), Industry and Government. Most recently he provided global corporate cyber advice and security for Credit Suisse Bank.
“CCL is a trusted partner of law enforcement and has the confidence of corporate clients because of its in-depth knowledge, experience and ability to investigate even intricate complex cases. CCL also has the most comprehensive ISO17025 accreditation scope for the forensic extraction and analysis of data in the UK.
The presentation of digital forensic evidence in criminal cases, by both the Crown Prosecution Service and defence legal teams, will come under greater scrutiny and challenge from October this year, as those presenting it must ensure that it meets the Forensic Science Regulator’s stringent requirements,” said Andy Archibald.
CCL’s ISO17025 accreditation for the forensic extraction and analysis of digital data delivers this highest-possible level of confidence in the impartiality of its laboratory, technical competence and ‘good science’.
This month CCL was acquired by private investors and the new management have plans to increase its range of services in both UK and overseas markets, through growth and further acquisitions, increasing the potential for more jobs at its Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, headquarters.
Further senior appointments will be announced from law enforcement, government and corporate sectors in the weeks ahead as the company finalises its growth and acquisition plans.